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Ag Subcommittee Evaluates Effectiveness of Forestry Initiatives

forestryRep. Frank Lucas (OK-03), Chairman of the House Agriculture Committee’s Subcommittee on Conservation and Forestry, held a hearing to evaluate the effectiveness of the forestry initiatives in the 2014 Farm Bill. This hearing is a continuation of the committee’s hearing series to set the stage for the next farm bill. The subcommittee heard from a broad panel of experts who shared their perspectives on the forestry programs authorized under Title VIII of the 2014 Farm Bill. Read the rest of this entry »

Alabama NRCS Reminds Landowners about Long Leaf Pine Initiative

AlabamaWhile the regional drought monitor looks much better today than it did a few weeks ago, there are still many areas in the Northern half of Alabama in the severe to extreme drought category. And Tim Albritton, state staff forester with USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Alabama, knows some forest owners have been able to fair the drought a bit better than others. Read the rest of this entry »

Wildfire Season

From: Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam

putnam-polk-county wildfire tourI recently toured damage caused by a wildfire in Polk County that burned 5,500 acres and destroyed more than 10 homes. I was reminded that we can’t underestimate the danger that wildfires pose, and we can’t be more grateful to our heroes who run toward danger to protect us.

Last week, the Florida Forest Service responded to 119 wildfires that burned more than 14,000 acres across Florida. Forecasts predict hotter and drier conditions than normal throughout the state in the coming months, and wildfires are anticipated to increase due to these conditions. Read the rest of this entry »

Winter Tree Damage

Tree damage during Noreaster Athena on November 7, 2012. Athena is the first named Noreaster ever as the naming convention has just begun. Location is Monmouth County, New Jersey.
Cathy Isom has some tips on what to do if your trees are damaged by winter storms. That’s coming up on This Land of Ours. Hear Cathy’s report and learn more. ?

40 Percent of Farms Managed by Multiple Operators

American AgricultureNew data released last week by the U.S. Department of Agriculture shows nearly 40 percent of all U.S. farms are managed by more than one operator. USDA’s Economic Research Service says in 2015, 39 percent of the more than 800,000 U.S. farms had secondary operators.

USDA says commercial-sized farms often require more management and labor than an individual can provide. Also, additional operators Read the rest of this entry »

Florida Agricultural Policy Outlook Conference is Next Week

uf-ifas-logoThose in agriculture won’t want to miss the Florida Agricultural Policy Outlook Conference coming up next week. University of Florida/IFAS economists and other experts will discuss economic insights helpful for making informed business and policy decisions. The second annual event, organized by the UF/IFAS food and resource economics department, will be held February 9th from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the UF/IFAS Gulf Coast Research and Education Center in Balm, Florida. Read the rest of this entry »

Commissioner Putnam Seeks Nominations for Agricultural-Environmental Leadership Award

From the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services:

fresh-from-floridaTALLAHASSEE, Fla.–Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam is now accepting nominations for the Agricultural-Environmental Leadership Award, which has been presented annually since 1994 to environmentally innovative Florida farmers. The award recognizes enterprises that demonstrate leadership in developing and implementing progressive techniques to safeguard the environment and conserve natural resources. Nominations must be Read the rest of this entry »

UF/IFAS Study: Voters Want to Preserve Forests, Water

by Brad Buck, UF/IFAS
Sources: Melissa Kreye, Damian Adams, UF/IFAS

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Voters are likely to approve referenda for forest and water conservation in the eastern United States, including Florida, because demand for ecosystem protection is increasing, according to a new University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences study. Read the rest of this entry »

Trump Reportedly Taps Perdue as Ag Secretary



President-elect Donald Trump has reportedly picked former Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue to be Agriculture Secretary under the incoming administration. While the USDA landing team has yet to confirm the nominee, multiple media outlets attributed a senior transition official as saying Trump will nominate Perdue to the post.

The American Farm Bureau strongly endorsed the nomination of Perdue following the news. Read the rest of this entry »

Ag in Review for the Week Ending January 6, 2017

Agnet_logo_at_150_dpiIn our recap of agricultural news from around the Southeast for the week ending January 6, we have a report from the annual Southeast Regional Fruit and Vegetable Conference, talk about the Longleaf Initiative, have information about the introduction of peanut products to infants, politics and the farm bill, Read the rest of this entry »

Southeast Landowners Reminded of Longleaf Initiative

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Through the Longleaf Initiative, USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and their partners are working with forestland owners across the Southeast to restore longleaf pine forests. NRCS Regional Conservationist for the Southeast, James Tillman, says they are hoping more landowners will get involved. Read the rest of this entry »

Christmas Tree Recycling

Christmas tree with presents and lights reflecting in windows around the tree in modern home
Cathy Isom gives us some tips for disposing and recycling that Christmas tree. That’s coming up on This Land of Ours. Hear Cathy’s report and learn more. ?

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